Road to Recovery International Partnerships Fellow

American Bird Conservancy
United States
$30,000 - $35,000 (hours and timing of work to be discussed with the successful candidate)
Closing date
Feb 11, 2023

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Title:                Road to Recovery International Partnerships Fellow

Location(s):     Flexible    

Supervisor:     Paul Schmidt, Director, Road to Recovery, will be the direct supervisor; Naamal De Silva, Chief Diversity Officer will be the ABC point of contact

Application Submission Deadline: January 24, 2023


Stipend: $30,000 - $35,000 (hours and timing of work to be discussed with the successful candidate)




In less than a single human lifetime, we have lost at least 2.9 billion breeding adult birds. Following the 2019 publication of these findings in Science, the authors and collaborators, including American Bird Conservancy (ABC), have been working to recover bird populations through an initiative called Road to Recovery. Road to Recovery is now a multi-institutional partnership, with ABC serving as a key conservation partner and a host organization for Fellows. The partnership is targeting new science, including by using co-production and social science, to understand causes of decline. We are working to change policy, communicating with the public, and leveraging large-scale funding to recover bird populations.


The Road to Recovery initiative’s International Subcommittee has the goal of working with others across the hemisphere to recover bird populations across their full annual cycles. ABC seeks a current graduate student or young professional to contribute to this work. The ideal candidate will be from and/or currently living in Latin America or the Caribbean, and will gain valuable experience with biodiversity conservation, decision-making, research, and international partnerships. The fellow will receive a stipend ranging $30,000 - $35,000 for work spanning one year.


Key questions guiding this work include the following:


  • How can bird conservation in Latin America and the Caribbean continue to develop and benefit shared species that need recovery? What steps should Road to Recovery take to ensure international support and cooperation for recovering our shared bird species of conservation concern? How can Road to Recovery and our partners best communicate our shared needs and build effective partnerships?


Primary Duties:


The fellow will contribute to the International Subcommittee of the Road to Recovery partnership through the following activities:


  • Help ensure that membership in the International Subcommittee is more representative of countries across the Americas. Expand and strengthen the network of partners who support Road to Recovery goals and objectives.


  • Conduct a gap analysis to identify high priorities for strengthening the stewardship of migratory bird wintering grounds and stopover habitats outside of the United States. Obtain input from a diversity of stakeholders and identify opportunities for potential partnerships.


  • Increase collaboration between Species Working Groups and professionals from Latin America and the Caribbean to advance species recovery efforts. Seek expertise and best practices from outside of the United States to support and enhance existing Species Working Groups and their research on migratory habitat connectivity and full life cycle science.


  • Organize and facilitate a Road to Recovery workshop series or engagement sessions, which will include the following: 1) Create and distribute promotional materials (invitations, agendas). 2) Coordinate speakers and pre-speaker meetings. 3) Manage workshop registration. 4) Post-workshop: compile chat and Q&A, write and distribute workshop reports work to expand and strengthen international partnerships.


Position Requirements:


  • Academic, professional, and/or informal experience with birds and bird conservation. The Fellow must hold a degree and/or research experience in biology, ecology, social science, or a field centrally relevant to bird conservation.


  • The ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with a range of partners across multiple countries and contexts, with government, academic, nonprofit, and community partners.


  • The ability to work effectively and independently in a fully remote environment. The ability to efficiently set up and facilitate online workshops and meetings. Experience with project management.


  • Strong communications skills.


  • This position requires the ability to work in both Spanish and English. Native, technical fluency in written and spoken Spanish. Technical fluency in written and spoken English. The ability to speak Portuguese and/or French would be beneficial but is not required.


  • Background screening required.


Other Information:


  • This is position does not include benefits such as health care or retirement savings but does include a stipend ranging from $30,000 - $35,000


  • Lodging, meals, workshop expenses, and transportation covered for work-related travel.



If you have trouble submitting an application, please send your cover letter and resume as one document to



At American Bird Conservancy, we believe that a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills makes us more effective. We are committed to creating a respectful and inclusive work environment for all of our employees.


As an equal opportunity employer, ABC is committed to ensuring that employees and applicants for employment have equal opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor unrelated to the requirements of the position.




American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is the Western Hemisphere’s bird conservation specialist— the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.

We are best known for our ability to achieve conservation results for birds, including continually advancing solutions to address the most significant human-caused sources of bird mortality and population declines. 


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